Way Elementary School

Belief sets are at play in every school. Some refer to it as a vision, others to a mission. Setting aside outdated educational practices of the past, at Way Elementary we nurture a culture of thinking and compassion by embracing the Visible Thinking framework.
In This We Believe at Way Elementary
  • Focusing students on the learning vs. the work
  • Teaching for understanding vs. mere knowledge
  • Encouraging deep vs. surface learning strategies
  • Promoting independence vs. dependence
  • Developing a growth vs. fixed mindset

Want to learn more? Please feel free to contact us for an appointment and tour.

Our job is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision making so intense you can escape only by thinking. - Fred Friendly

A Window Into Way

Making Our Thinking Visible

Visible Thinking Program at Michigan School

It is often difficult to comprehend the extensive amount of thinking, learning, and understanding that is taking place inside your child’s classroom each and every day. A Window Into Way  will provide you with snapshots of learning opportunities students are engaged in; experiences in which thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. By making student’s thinking visible, we can better understand how our students are learning as well as their depth of understanding. Enjoy!

Building a Bridge Between Home and School

Imagination Playground - Exciting Possibilities!

Way and Eastover Elementary students are discovering the endless possibilities of creating their own playground with Imagination Playground!  Student Francis Baker shares, "It is giant, blue, soft blocks that we can build as tall and wide as we want.  Plus, there are balls that we can build ramps and make different shapes.  My friends and I work hard together to create cool forts."

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Dear Way Families,                                 

I want to let you know that we recently were awarded a Bloomfield Hills Foundation Grant for the Way Art Studio! This grant will be used to help your child continue to create and help guide you when assisting your child's creative process. I have created several art take-home studios for your child to check just like they would a library book. If interested, please sign the permission slip that can be found in your child's backpack, or click the link below.


Thank you!

Mallory Molnar, Way Art Teacher

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Connecting with your child's teacher, school, and the district

Families are automatically signed up to receive communication from their child's school, teachers, and Bloomfield Hills Schools (Wednesday Web News & Important Notices - including school cancellations). In order to receive emails, telephone calls, and even text messages, all you have to do is maintain your contact information and manage your personal preferences. If you wish not to receive these newsletters, simply "opt-out" when you receive the first newsletter (an option at the bottom of every email we send).

Instructions for updating this information are now available at Here you can manage your contact preferences as they pertains to emergency and district notifications. 

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Way News 9/14/18

Dear Way Families,

As we begin the new school year, Way Elementary will be implementing a new policy regarding provision of food at school celebrations.  Currently, the majority of our classrooms report some form of food allergy restriction. This represents a tipping point for us. Policing food at parties and other celebrations is not only time consuming, but places staff and at-risk students in a potentially dangerous position. With this in mind, the only food brought into the building for celebrations and other day-time events will be orchestrated between the classroom teacher and head-room parent.  For the last several years, Way has adhered to a healthy foods policy and those foods will be stressed for these special occasions.

As has always been the case, you will still be able to make personal food choices for your child's lunch or snack, providing the food doesn't contain the allergen at play in the classroom. All families should have previously been notified about allergy conditions of the classroom.  

Attention to these minor shifts in thinking and behavior should lead to a safer and healthier environment for all.



Adam Scher

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A Note from the Way PTO

Dear Families,

Welcome to Way Elementary! For those of you who are new to this school, we warmly welcome you into this big family.  
If you are new, we have a Way mentor to help you navigate our school and community. Please reach out to Lisa Grabowski via email at or 734.612.7880 for any help acclimating.

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Way Elementary
765 West Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


Main: 248.341.7800
*Attendance: 248.341.7810
*(Includes early dismissals, late arrivals, absences and vacations)

Adam Scher, Principal

Cindy Antonis, Secretary

Jenny Rossi
Visible Thinking Coordinator

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Class 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
3:55 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus Hotline:248.341.6296 @BHSBuses